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We've had the chance to learn not only about some amazing riders over the past year and a half but amazing people as well. Beyond the realm of BMX, many of these riders have had interesting jobs or random hobbies that we've discovered during the interview process. But our next guest takes the cake in terms of an intriguing career. Art Thomason is a 5 time X Games competitor in BMX flatland, sponsored by Hoffman Bikes, and currently works for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration,...
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Catfish... aka Zack Yankush... One of the most controversial people in the history of BMX. He's a jack of all trades and a master of many. He's announced major contests like the X Games and Dew Tour, done demos for Nitro Circus, had a tv show called Strangers In Danger, and co-hosted The Come Up podcast... he's been an announcer at nearly every single major BMX event in recent years, and he continues to announce contests around the globe. Zach started riding in 1985 and has a deep history in...
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The X Games. By many thought of as the Super Bowl for action sports. While I haven't personally agreed with everything the X Games have done over the years, it's done a lot of good for action sports, and BMX in general. The 2020 Olympics are right around the corner, and BMX park is a medal competition for the first time in Olympic history. Not just for the guys though! The upcoming Olympics will also host the first women's BMX Park competition as well. Which leaves the women wondering, how is...
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When it comes to the mid 80s and BMX freestyle one of the biggest names in the sport is the King Of the Skateparks Eddie Fiola. Eddie was more than a skatepark rider, he killed it in flatland too. He's a 4 x NORA cup winner and 5 x King of the Skateparks winner, and was inducted into the BMX HOF in 2009, and he's currently a film stuntman and appeared in over 80 movies and tv shows, and most famous to many of us for performing the majority of the stunts for Cru Jones in the movie RAD. We talked...
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Southern California has produced some of the biggest names in the sport of BMX over the past 40 years. At a time when turning pro in bmx at age 16 was still a somewhat new thing, a fresh face to the contest scene quickly became one of the top riders in the sport! Mike Parenti got his first major sponsorship with GT Bicycles and immediately started competing in some of the biggest contests on the planet. Mike went on several summer tours, did NBA half time shows, and moved up the ranks in both...
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Back in January of 1994 I had just flunked out of college and I felt like a complete failure, but I didn't want to return home just yet. I knew of a house with bmx riders that had just come together a couple of months previous and they were looking to take over the upstairs apt but needed a few tenants. So I moved from school directly into what became known as the Fat House. The original cast was an eclectic group of riders, mostly dirt jumpers and street riders which originally included Jody...
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The other day we sat down with pro bmx rider and Subrosa brand manager Ryan Sher at Master Blaster Planet Studios and discussed a variety of things including his cross country moves and the first time he saw BMX, his early racing career, riding for Kink, being chosen as one of the original Shadow team riders, his move to Florida, and becoming the manager for Subrosa. Since the company’s inception in 2006 Subrosa has quickly risen to the top of the BMX game when it comes to style and quality....
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The Whopper, also known as the bunnyhop tailwhip, is one of the coolest BMX tricks ever invented, and it's hard to believe it's been around for almost 30 years. The first time Bill Nitschke pulled it off in 1990 in a Burger King parking lot in Greenwood Indiana, he had no idea of the long term impact that trick would make on the sport of BMX. In fact, 5 years after Bill showed this amazing trick to the world, only a couple of people, all flatland riders, were able to pull it off. It wasn't...
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On rare occasion a rider comes along that is so unique they don't fit into BMX the way most other riders do. Back in the 80s that rider was Dave Vanderspek. Dave would combine street and flatland moves before street was really a thing and gained notoriety for bringing a new type of riding to the masses. Among other things Dave would do surfers while holding his skateboard and jump onto the board. He also utilized his street surroundings while performing flatland tricks making for some of the...
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Imagine growing up and having a brother who loved riding BMX as much as you! Someone to push you, someone to help you build a ramp, someone to help you fix your bike.... just the idea of always having another person to ride with would be awesome! From the first day picking up a BMX magazine I remember several brothers from back in the day making a name for themselves. There was Brett & Trevor Hernandez, Ron & Sean Wilkerson, Robert & Ruben Castillo, The Alder brothers Joe &...
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BMX flatland is one of the earliest and most pure disciplines of BMX. Almost every BMX rider has done some type of flatland trick in their driveway, skatepark, or nearby parking lot. All you need is your bike, and a decent spot. When it comes to flatland scene in the United States, one name sticks out more than any other. Terry Adams has risen to the top of the flatland game and has some major corporate sponsors and contest placings to prove it. Terry isn't just a rider, he's an ambassador for...
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In our first episode of the Space Brothers Podcast we sit down and interview our co-host Chip Riggs so you all get to know him a little better. Chip started riding BMX in the early 80s in Chicago. He moved to Orlando FL in 1985 and met Ron Bonner and got involved in the early days of UGP (aka Underground Products). Chip has helped create ads both as a freelance photographer and a graphic designer for a number of brands in the BMX industry. Not only was he involved with UGP but he also...
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Back in the summer of 1987, my mom drove me to my first GT Bicycles show in Toledo Ohio where I expected to see two of my favorite pros in Martin Aparijio and Josh White. But when I walked into the building, I was bummed to find out Josh had been injured and had to be replaced on the tour. I'll admit, at the time, I was kind of bummed...... In his place was a guy people new relatively nothing about. Enter Dave Voelker, a 19 year old ramp rider from Santee CA. He was riding a Dyno decked out in...
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The first time I saw BMX flatland it was 1985 and I was an 11 year old kid growing up in a small town in Indiana. I walked around the corner from my parents shop as I waited for them to get off work, and saw a guy doing flatland tricks on a red Hutch Trickstar. I could tell right away this guy knew what he was doing. So I sat on the curb and watched him work through a series of amazing balancing and hopping tricks. His name was Derek Craig, and I asked him what the best way for me to get into...
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Rob Nolli has been one of the biggest names in BMX freestyle for well over 25 years. He's one of the best all-around BMX freestyle riders to ever do it winning flatland, dirt, and park contests as well as finishing in the top ten at several major vert contests. There was a time when Rob was a threat to win any contest he entered regardless of who the other riders were. Rob was a top competitor in comps like the X Games, ESPN X Trials and B3 events, the NBC Sports Gravity Games, and Dew Tour for...
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Shortly after the boom of BMX freestyle in the mid 80s, flatland changed seemingly overnight with a barrage of never before seen rolling tricks which changed the sport forever. At a time when balancing and hopping tricks ruled the scene, and most sponsored riders lived in sunny CA, a group of young up and comers known as the Plywood Hoods from York PA were hungry to make a name for themselves. Little did most people know at the time, the Hoods were a well rounded group of riders who did it all....
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When you think of one of the most influential bmx dirt riders over the past 15 years, you have to mention Mark Mulville. Which is crazy when you think about it, because there's no dirt in FL... only sand. His skill level is easy to spot no matter what trails or jumps he rides. He's super smooth, does plenty of stretched out tricks, and has great style to boot, not to mention he's been one of Profile Racing's most featured riders. Mark not only splits up his time on his bike between local...
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Back in the mid-80s, there was one trick that was considered crazier than all the rest, and that trick was the 900... Mike Dominguez, Brian Blyther, Dave Voelker, and many other talented riders came close but to no avail... and then... in 1989 at a 2 Hip King Of Vert Contest in Canada... a young Mat Hoffman pulled off the unthinkable, which sent shockwaves through the BMX industry. Again it was proof that a once thought to be impossible trick could be accomplished. Up next and closely behind to...
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When it comes to American made BMX companies they're hard to come by. One of the most popular component companies in BMX is none other than Profile Racing. Throughout the years many of us have had a set of Profile cranks, hubs, or a stem on our bike. Many top pros run Profile components as well. From X Games gold medalists, to your buddy on the other side of town. Profile is hard to ignore when you've been in the BMX game for any period of time. They've sponsored every type of rider, from dirt...
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When I think of mid 80s BMX and heavy metal, one rider comes to mind and that's Dizz Hicks! His style was symbolic of the era... He rode it all, flatland, quarter pipe, and short ramp aka a wedge ramp. Dizz is one of the most well known and electrifying riders to ever touch a BMX bike. While Dizz created the first ever upside down flatland tricks which were way ahead of their time and could bust a respectable 7-8 feet on the quarter pipe consistently, he became most known for riding the short...
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Anyone who's ever met Dave Brumlow in person probably has an interesting story to tell you. Dave loves to have fun at other's expense. Behind the guy that's seemingly always joking is a life long rider who's spent his time riding vert ramps, judging some of the biggest BMX events on the planet, and organizing contests. We talked with Dave about how he got his start in BMX in the UK, entering the very first X Games BMX vert competition, traveling and doing shows with GT Bikes, what it's like...
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This time around, we decided to change things up a bit from our typical format. So instead of an interview, we decided to invite three different guests with unique backgrounds in the sport of BMX. Chad DeGroot, John Paul Rogers, and Trey Jones joined us this time around for this discussion based platform, we're calling... Jam Circle. The objective was to throw out a challenging, yet simple list of questions. Some of the things we asked were BMX related while others were just about life in...
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When it comes to the BMX industry it’s hard to find a company that’s been in business for twenty years. In the case of Ron Bonner, he’s owned several successful BMX businesses and has put in over thirty years and counting in making dreams a reality. From Ron’s humble beginnings creating stickers and BMX number plates in the mid 1980s, to running the successful Roots contests in the late 1990s and early 2000s, to sponsoring many of the sports elite pros, to creating some of the...
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If you've ridden BMX in the past 35 years, there's a good chance you've either ridden a Haro or know someone who has. The company was founded in 1978 by Bob Haro. Bob started out producing number plates for BMX bikes in his home. While the company was gaining popularity, Bob was also growing the brand new sport of BMX freestyle. The BMX boom was in full swing and the company built a reputation for developing innovative, top-of-the-line freestyle bikes and accessories. In addition to Bob...
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If you’ve ever been to Cirque Du Soleil’s La Nouba show in Orlando FL over the past 10 years, most likely you’ve seen flatland rider Marcos De Jesus perform his solo act. Never mind his costume or full face make up he had to apply daily, or the fact he was riding mostly in the dark with a spotlight on him to a live orchestra. Perfection was expected. Originally from Sau Paulo Brazil, Marcos moved to the United States to chase the American Dream. For over 10 years he performed 2 shows a...
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When it comes to BMX, the X Games have had a major influence on almost everything in the sport over the past 20 plus years. It's the Super Bowl for action sports and a place where riders can carve a name out for themselves to either help or further their career. Many current riders were first introduced to BMX by watching the X Games on tv. The very first X Games premiered back in the summer of 1995 bringing what were once considered outsider sports and cast them into the spotlight making them...
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When you think of the biggest names in X Games BMX Park history two names stand out above everyone else, Dave Mirra and Scotty Cranmer, both of which won a total of 9 medals in BMX Park. Scotty has won gold, silver, and bronze 3 times. To get to that level you have to push the bounds of reality pretty far, which means taking some serious risks. Back in 2016 risk became reality when Scotty suffered a life-threatening injury while riding street in Las Vegas. The crash left him with several facial...
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When you think of the term BMX legend and you think of dirt jumping you don't have to wait long to hear the name Rich Bartlett. Rich is BMX to his core, and at age 51 he's enjoying the ride now more than ever. Rich started out racing and jumping BMX in the 1970s and quickly found his passion in life on two wheels. As quickly as his body grew, his name began to circulate within the industry and when BMX took off in the mid-80s, Rich was the perfect guy to become a test pilot for the magazines....
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The term BMX legend gets thrown around a lot these days. But in this case it's an accurate depiction. Chase Gouin is one of the biggest names ever in BMX flatland and in BMX freestyle in general. He's an icon and also a bit on an enigma. Chase has affected so many riders lives and definitely helped fuse the gap to what is considered current and modern flatland. The only thing more interesting than Chase on his bike, is the life he's lived off of it. He's traveled around the world, at times...
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BMX Flatland contests go back to the early days of BMX. While contests aren't for everyone, they bring a community of like-minded people together for a common interest. VooDoo Jam is the premiere American BMX flatland contest held in New Orleans Louisiana. It brings not only riders from around the United States.... but some of the best riders from all over the world. The main man behind the plan is life long flatlander, Scott O'Brien. Like many old school riders Scott competed in the AFA, also...
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As the sport of BMX progressed throughout the mid-90s it became more and more common to see street riders end their video sections with massive gaps and roof drops. Many riders not only made a name for themselves with the final trick or stunt in their video part, they became legends. Fast forward to 2019 and some of the stuff you see street riders doing today is not only mind blowing but also death defying, at least at times. Sean Burns was inspired by riders that came before him who pedaled...
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Today we sat down with special guest Chad DeGroot and talked about a variety of things including his early beginnings and what it was like to work at his parents restaurant located just down the street from the Green Bay Packers stadium, his involvement with BACO Designs and the BACO video series, riding for Schwinn, entering the X Games, his move to Florida, owning two different skateparks, a bike shop called Mr Bs, and his bike company DECO. He's one of the most original BMX riders of all...
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I always thought one of the coolest things about BMX freestyle is that you could be different, and still be accepted. You could be yourself and it didn't matter. The term freestyle literally means, do whatever you want, and that’s exactly what Matt Beringer has always done. In the mid-2000s at a time when the X Games was on the come up, growing bigger and bigger each year, and sponsors were more and more concerned with gold medals and tv coverage to create relevancy, amongst the factory...
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When I think of the X Games and BMX legends, it doesn't take long to get to the name Chad Kagy. Chad was a force in BMX Park, Dirt, Vert, and Big Air and always a threat to win any contest he entered. He was also a rider you looked forward to watching because you never knew if he'd pull something out of his bag of tricks that nobody had ever seen before. Chad grew up in Northern California which had always been a hotbed for BMX talent. Seemingly every generation of Freestyle has seen a high...
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Dirt jumping goes back to the early roots of bmx, and riders have been doing it on bmx tracks and local hand made jumps since the beginning of time. However it wasn't always respected as it's own thing and it certainly wasn't a stand alone discipline in BMX, much less something you could do to make a living. For anyone who started riding in the 80s or early 90s there's one name that really stands out when you hear the term BMX dirt jumping, and that's Tim Fuzzy Hall. Fuzzy was featured on more...
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Where were you on Saturday March 30th? If the answer isn't Astatula FL, then you missed out on one of the biggest BMX events of the year called Swampfest! If you're passionate about BMX, this is the place to be! Swampfest has gotten bigger and better each year and this year the event drew over 3,000 riders, fans, and spectators from all over the world. BMX legends, industry icons, big name pros, and Joe Schmoes, from dirt to park, from flatland to street, old school, mid school, and new school....
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BMX demos have been around since the beginning of BMX freestyle. Most of us remember the first show we ever saw. It's more than just watching guys do tricks on their bikes. It's a performance that many of us never forget. It's no secret that BMX demos, also known as shows, are important to the growth of the sport. It's a chance for people to watch BMX in person while being able to experience the intricacies of not only the tricks, but the speed, height, and sometimes the reality of crashing....
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Back in the spring of 1988 when I was 14 years old, I was lucky enough to attend Woodward Camp in Pennsylvania. One of the pro instructors there, was Joe Johnson. Even though I was a flatland rider, I was well aware of who Joe was. After all he was one of Haro's main vert riders, had won lots of contests, and was featured in the magazines on a routine basis. Joe was a superstar on his bike, yet he was soft spoken, down to earth, and very humble off of it. He could blast airs bigger than almost...
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If you ask a bmx rider that’s been around for the last ten years who your favorite rider is, time and time again you’ll hear the name Trey Jones. Maybe that’s because Trey always looks like he’s having fun or maybe it’s the rare combination of tech, style, and going big wrapped into one rider, or maybe it’s just because Trey is a badass on a bike. Trey Jones is BMX. Dirt jumps, box jumps, quarter pipes, lake jumps, street spots, and even a flatland trick from time to time even...
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In the late 1980s one of the largest shifts BMX had ever seen was the street movement. The sport as a whole was dieing, bike companies were cutting back their budgets, and big money pro salaries were vanishing. Many of BMX's biggest named riders dropped out of the sport completely. The days of wearing bmx racing uniforms and being judged for showmanship during contests were all but gone. Which left the door wide open for new cultural icons to emerge and become the face of BMX. Enter Pete...
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Back in the early to mid-80s, BMX freestyle was still somewhat of a new thing. Companies were in a race to invent and create components that could turn the average BMX bike into a full-blown freestyle bike. In a short period of time in addition to standing platforms built into frames, forks, and handlebars, a number of components that were more on the side of gimmicks and gadgets were released into the BMX scene for consumption. Almost every company came out with an odd invention or two or at...
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From a competition standpoint It seems like each year we hear about another amazing rider who comes out of seemingly nowhere to become one of the biggest names in the sport. There's so many incredible riders bursting onto the scene these days. It's hard to keep track of them all. One of those riders is Brian Fox. After qualifying in 1st place at last years X Games dirt competition Brian was able to put together a perfect run and ended up with a bronze medal in the finals. Kind of crazy...
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In this episode we sat down with Vegan pro BMX flatlander Aaron Behnke and talked about some interesting topics including growing up in FL with Rob Nolli, riding in the Disney parade, getting sponsored and going on summer tour for GT Bicycles, competing in the X Games, and designing a signature frame and complete flatland bike with DK Bikes. Aaron is a great all around rider and always had a unique style in park and street. He also dedicated over 25 years of his life to being an original and...
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